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WEBSTER, CONNIE nee RICKABY

 

Connie Rickaby was the only child of Mr and Mrs Rickaby of Ashington, Northumberland, England and in July 1944 married Warrant Officer Wilfred J Webster RNZAF of Hawera, son of Harold Edward and Lillie Castle Webster nee Cox. Harold was the headmaster of the Hawera Main Primary School at the time.

 

Shortly after, the couple returned to live in Hawera where Connie was quickly accepted by the Hawera community both for her ability in sport and her charming personality.

 

Joining her husband who was club captain in 1946, Connie became a prominent member of the Hawera Tennis Club and enjoyed considerable success during several seasons' play in the district. She represented the club in the inter-club series in 1946, and in 1947 was ranked third on the ladder. That year, with Miss Marjorie Webster, her sister-in-law, she won the club championship.

 

In district competition, Connie was prominent also, and she contested the final of the Taranaki residential championships in 1947. With Kath O'Sullivan, her victor in the singles, Connie won the doubles to gain the Nodder Cup in the first year of competition, defeating the Manaia pair of Dawn and Pat Bennett. In the Taranaki championships that year Kath O'Sullivan and Connie Webster were defeated in the doubles final by Miss Grieves and Mrs Ogier of Wanganui.

 

A member of the South Taranaki team in inter-divisional play, Connie was also a prominent table tennis player, while maintaining a keen interest in all sports and players.

 

Connie was only a resident of South Taranaki for a short time as her and Wilfred returned to England. She died on the 4 March 1950 at Lynemouth, England.

 

SOURCE

Obituary "Hawera Star" 9 Mar 1950


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